When you care for a cat properly, it will bring you much joy. When you are a cat owner, you should educate yourself about the best tips for taking good care of your feline friend, and ensuring it has a great life. The following tips will help you out.
Check your cat for ticks and fleas every week. If your cat does have fleas, there is a good chance that you also have fleas in your home. You might need some flea bombs or premise-control sprays, along with treating the cat, to get rid of the issue. If you don’t know what products to use for controlling ticks and fleas, talk to your vet for some safe options.
If your cat is pregnant, set up a comfortable, safe place for her to have her kittens. A big cardboard box equipped with a pillow and blanket is good. Place it in the back of a closet or other out of the way place. Keep food and water dishes nearby.
If your cat kicks litter all over the floor, simply use a bigger container. A large, roomy tote with high sides makes a good litter box. A big round tub also makes a good litter box. A restaurant size bus tub is a capacious litter box. Providing higher sides and more space will solve your cat’s litter kicking problem.
If your cat is male, understand that he could develop crystals inside his urine, which can be very painful to him. Therefore, prevent this issue from occurring in the first place by feeding your cat the right type of food. The cat is in pain passing the crystals, and the correction for this is costly. Your cat’s food should be low in magnesium. Read the labels. Fish-based foods usually contain more magnesium than poultry-based foods.
When training a cat, take the proper approach. Encouragement works better than anger. If you are trying to teach a kitten to use a litterbox, for instance, yelling will only frighten a small cat. When the cat starts to go outside the box, gently place them in the box so they learn.
Is your home also the home of both a dog and cat? Dogs won’t hesitate to eat food from your cat’s bowl. For this reason, you need to place your cat’s bowl in an area that is to high for a dog to reach. This will also prevent squabbles between them.
Find a litter that your cat enjoys. Different litters have different smells and textures, so help your cat to find a litter that he is generally comfortable with using. Cats generally like to keep things the same though, so don’t experiment too often or your cat may avoid the litter box.
Never punish a cat for a mess outside of its box. Your cat probably did not use the litter box because it is not well taken care of. Your cat will become afraid of you if you punish it or scold it too often.
Cats are great pets, but they need proper care. Use what you learned here for a happy and healthy cat. With the right tender loving care you can ensure that your kitty enjoys a terrific, healthy life.